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There are so many but I'd have to choose the day I met Kelly Kerksick as the top of the list!
Seeing classmates & Memphis and CE.
Following my gut to send a patient who had been released from the ER twice back for an angiogram. She ended up having small bilateral vertebral artery dissections. She survived. I will never forget her.
I was super impressed when visiting the school and could not picture myself attending any other optometry program.
Graduation and friends made for life.
Seeing long and lost friends.
Too many great ones to name just one. I would say, I have ENJOYED 40 years of helping people see and improve their health. My practice was was formed in 1943 and I replaced the original owner in 1982. My replacement has been with me for 9 years and is now my boss.
When I applied, only three optometry colleges accepted Virginia students and/or had contracts to accept students from Virginia. SCO was the first to accept me. I did not wait on the others.....
There were a lot of fond memories but one of my favorites was a durian party that Reagan and I threw at our apartment on Mud Island. Classmates came to try the king of fruits and it was hilarious seeing the reactions.
I am looking forward to seeing, laughing, and catching up with all of my colleagues that I haven't had a chance to connect with in person for a long time. I'm also looking forward to seeing the renovations at SCO since I graduated.
One of my favorite patient care success stories is of a sweet little boy who had a blunt trauma with a 3+ hyphema. I saw him a lot that year and the last follow up was before the holidays so he gifted me a hand-made Christmas ornament. His mom thanked me for being so thorough and caring during each visit and I felt relieved that his eye healed completely without complications.
I'm originally from Chicago and assumed that I would be attending ICO but once I stepped foot onto SCO's campus my decision was made. SCO made me feel welcomed and I knew I wouldn't be just a number in the upcoming class. Also the Eye Center was impressive and I knew I was going to get the best optometric education at SCO.
It’s hard to single out just one memory! I’d have to say the lasting friendships that formed are what I remember the most during my time at SCO. Those friendships started in lab groups, Fighting Iris flag football, golfing groups, SGA, and so many other places; all of those memories and people hold a special place in my heart from those few years at SCO.
I really hope I get to catch up with some old friends! As much as I wish I could speak to everyone regularly, life tends to make that fairly difficult.
We’re nearly five years into a cold open, and in that time our business made it through a global pandemic that started just two years after we opened. I’d say keeping our business afloat through that with three kids coming along in that same span of time has been the thing I’m most proud of so far.
Though it wasn’t my only option, coming to SCO was a no-brainer for me. My father graduated from SCO in 1978, and SCO has historically had a favorable ROI when looking at cost of attendance and board passage rates.
Congratulations to the many SCO alumni who recently received recognition as leaders in Arkansas optometry at this year's Arkansas Optometric Association (ArOA) spring convention, held April 21-23, 2022, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas:
The following SCO graduates were installed on the ArOA board of directors on April 23, 2022:
Melia Robertson, OD ’10 – President
James Hertzog, OD ’06 – President-Elect
Alex Bell, OD ’09 – Vice-President
Joe Sugg, OD ’09 – Immediate Past President
Chevron Ergle, OD ’04 – Advisor to the Board
Rusty Simmons, OD ’83
Katie Brown, OD ’12
Justin Beavers, OD ’07
Sarah Lunsford, OD ’08
Barrett Brown, OD ’13
SCO alumni who received awards on April 23, 2022, include:
Young OD of the Year: Jessica Dinwiddie, OD ’11
Distinguished Service Award: Bryant Ashley, Jr, OD ’84
Special Service Award: Christina Vranich, OD ’09
Lifetime of Excellence Award: Robert Smalling, OD ’74
Lifetime of Excellence Award: Howard Flippin, OD ’59